In a promotional video for his new memoir, Creed frontman Scott Stapp reveals that he credits his life to Atlanta rapper T.I., who saved his life after a failed suicide attempt.
In a promotional appearance on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” for his new book “Sinner’s Creed,” Stapp described the tragic end of a multi-day drug binge in Miami. Stapp had stayed up for days on end and ultimately ended up hallucinating that he was in a mental asylum.
Thinking he was escaping, Stapp jumped over the hotel’s 40-foot-high balcony, fracturing his skull and breaking his hip. Stapp says he could not move after the incident.
And that’s when rapper T.I. appeared on the scene.
"I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up — rapper T.I.," Stapp told VH1. "He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life."
According to Stapp, he had met the rapper several years before.
"I had met T.I. back in 2004, we were both writing songs for ‘The Passion of The Christ: Songs Inspired By’ soundtrack and we had briefly interacted there and knew what each looked like," he revealed. "We'd talked about being fans of Alabama."
"It's ironic — he walked in, and I found out later it was the only room left in the hotel and he came in off the street and came out, and as I'm laying on the ledge, blood fell to [T.I.'s] feet and he looked up and he had an Alabama hat on. I said, 'Roll Tide,' and then he looked at me and put two and two together and really saved my life."
As MTV notes, this isn’t even the first time T.I. has stepped in to save someone suicidal. In 2010, the rapper encountered a man planning on jumping off the roof of a 22-story building in Atlanta. After some time on the roof, the man eventually came down to talk to T.I.
"Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life," T.I. told the man. "I'm here to help you. Please come down to talk to me."
Check out the video of Scott describing his suicide attempt and rescue below, courtesy of MTV.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.